On Tue, 01 Jun 2004 10:35:00 -0000
> The there are 4.1 drivers available from S3's website. By all reports
> they not only support 3D(OpenGL) but the kitchen sink (S-Video out
You could try using those with your 4.3 X server. Greater minor software
versions (4 is major, 3 is minor, and if there's a third version number,
it's called micro) are usually backward-compatible. So the requirement
for the S3 drivers is probably 4.1 or newer - unless explicitly stated
that it's for 4.1 only, which is unlikely.
> What I'm wonder is what are the benifits of XFree 4.3 over 4.1, or
> for that mater X.org?
XFree4.3 and X.org are newer. The differences in minor version number
usually designate smaller functionality improvements, fixes, performance
optimisations etc. Only major version number changes mean that there's
significant change in functionality, added major features etc. The
bugfixes in newer minor versions are usually retrofitted to previous
X.org, if I'm not mixing things up, is just a fork of XFree4.3 (due to
obnoxious new licence terms, and slow dewelopment pace), so basically,
it's just the same code with another project name. While the purpose of
it is accelerating development work, it's still very new, so don't hope
for sensational developments quite yet.
> Is 4.3 THAT much better that it is worth giving up 3D acceleration?
Depends on what value the 3D acceleration has for you. Generically, I'd
say no, it's not worth giving up 3D. If you're not using 3D
applications, it's probably not worth the trouble.
> Can you get antialiased fonts in 4.1?
Finally: please don't cross-post. Post one question only to one
newsgroup at a time. If you don't get any answers for a couple of days,
or if answers are unsatisfactory, it's usually ok to post in another
group (or repost the rephrased question, if you think that it wasn't
clear enough to get you answers). A remark that you already posted in
another group and got no (satisfactory) answers is also not bad. But
don't send the same question to more groups simultaneously, this is
considered rude and is mostly contraproductive (most people will simply
delete a cross-post without reading it, so instead of more answers
you're hoping for, you'll actually get less.
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